San Vicente Reservoir set to reopen soon

SAN DIEGO – After eight years of being closed, San Vicente Reservoir will soon reopen to the public for fishing and boating.

San Vicente Reservoir will officially reopen to those with permits on Sept. 22.  Permits for the highly anticipated reopening will go on sale through Ticketmaster Thursday at 7 p.m.

"Reservations will be sold initially for the dates of September 22 through Monday, September 26 – which will serve as San Vicente’s 'opening week,'" SDFish reported. "Reservations will continue to be sold for subsequent weeks beginning the following Thursday, each week’s fishing dates being made available via Ticketmaster four weeks prior."

The reservoir was closed in Sept. 2008 for the San Vicente Dam Raise Project. The construction project created new emergency water storage and pipeline connections to deliver water throughout the region. It was overseen by the San Diego County Water Authority.

A newly constructed marina was included in the project to reduce boat launching wait times, increased parking spaces and boat preparation areas.

"It's going to be tremendous, the fishing will be outstanding, probably every bass fisherman in San Diego is going to want to fish there, it's going to be a lot of people," said Andy Norton, who has been waiting for San Vicente Reservoir to open.

SDFish posted permit fees, the number of daily permits and additional information their website.